Discount Dragon Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Discount Dragon - how to remove this adware?
What is Discount Dragon?
Discount Dragon is a browser add-on created by 215 Apps (Innovative Apps) that claims to save time and money whilst shopping online. This browser extension displays coupon ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as Toys R Us, Walmart, Petsmart, Best Buy, etc. Discount Dragon is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. Note that while this browser plug-in may appear legitimate, in fact it is categorised as adware. This browser add-on often installs on users' computers without their consent, and furthermore, may cause diminished Internet browser performance and privacy-related issues.
Unwilling Discount Dragon installation may occur when downloading and installing freeware. Internet users should be aware that many popular download websites use download clients, which offer additional software installation and these often comprise adware, unwanted browser toolbars, and extensions. To avoid installation of unwanted programs, always carefully inspect each installation step of freeware, choose 'Custom Installation' rather than' Typical', and disallow installation of any additional programs on your computer. Discount Dragon is not strictly a computer virus, however, we highly recommend that you remove this unwanted add-on from your Internet browsers.
Discount Dragon is just one of many unwanted browser extensions created by 215 Apps. A few examples of similar adware created by this company are Savings Assistant, Coupon Cactus, and Download Savings. Creation of many similar browser add-ons is likely to be an attempt to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. If you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
- What is Discount Dragon?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Discount Dragon application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Discount Dragon add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Discount Dragon plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Discount Dragon extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Discount Dragon removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Discount Dragon", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Discount Dragon, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Discount Dragon from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Discount Dragon from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Innovative Apps related entries ("Discount Dragon") and disable them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Discount Dragon, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Discount Dragon from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Discount Dragon", select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the Discount Dragon extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of Discount Dragon add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Discount Dragon from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Discount Dragon".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Discount Dragon, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
Discount Dragon Adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Discount Dragon Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of Discount Dragon Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Discount Dragon Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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